Memorial Hall Library

About seed libraries

What is a seed library?

Members come to the library and 'borrow' seed for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants 'go to seed'. From those plants, they collect and dry the seeds and return to the library, as much seed as they are able.

The more members involved, the greater selection of seeds will be available to the public.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden has assembled a list of seed libraries in Massachusetts.

What seeds should I save?

Some seeds are self-pollinators and can be easily saved, others require some know-how to prevent cross pollination. Here’s a sample of some common fruits and vegetables and the level of expertise required:

Easy peasy: Beans, Peas, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peppers

Fairly easy: Swiss Chard, Beets, Spinach, Sunflowers, Carrots, Parsley, Arugula

Not as easy: Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Radish, Turnip, Cucumber, Squash